SILCHAR, Dec 6 - Cachar SP Rakesh Roushan said security arrangements have been beefed up ahead of the second phase of panchayat elections scheduled to be held on December 9 in the district.
Roushan said elaborate security measures have been adopted to conduct the elections in a smooth manner. “Paramilitary forces should not be used in Panchayat elections as per guidelines. We shall try and maintain an impartial approach across the polling booths, buildings and stations with strict vigil on the proceedings,” the SP said.
However, he was quick to add that strict patrolling is being done across the international and inter-State border areas and swift action would be taken depending on emergency situations during the polling hours.
Armed forces would be stationed outside the polling booths and two units of district-level striking forces have been formed to tackle any chaotic situations. Moreover, specific security plan has been chalked out for guarding the strongroom once the ballot boxes reach after the polling. Also, police would be pro-active in its duty to ensure safety during the counting of ballots starting from December 12 at the ISBT and the ISTT, Roushan said.
On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan informed that 10,54,000 voters would exercise their franchise to decide the fate of candidates for the 27 Zila Parishad, 162 Anchalik Panchayat, 162 Gaon Panchayat and 1620 Member posts in the election.
“We have taken necessary steps to conduct the election in a smooth manner and hope that people would uphold the ethos of democracy and participate in the process wholeheartedly. If a situation arises for repoll, we would conduct it on December 11,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
He also informed that 9,975 polling personnel would be engaged in the process, who would be given adequate security and travelling arrangements. Laxmanan further said two observers including Dhiraj Hazarika, Additional Secretary to Government of Assam and Prafulla Barman, Kokrajhar ADC, have reached here and took stock of the security arrangements and expenditure affairs of the candidates.